Day Four: Four seasons in one hill
Bonar Bridge to Inverness. Distance: 44 miles. Total distance: 154 miles
An amazing day of hugely varied weather and some wonderful views. We started out from Bonar Bridge under grey skies for the steep climb up Struie Hill. Izzy maintained an excellent pace, even overtaking other cyclists, and we soon were speeding across the summit. Heidi met us for some very welcome coffee and hot chocolate, however as we set off again the heavens opened and we experienced our first proper Scottish rain. 30 minutes later, soaked to the skin, we were heading down to Alness in bright sunshine! Lunch was at a lovely spot overlooking Cromarty Firth, with its mixture of wildlife and oil rigs, before heading on inland and meeting Heidi again in Dingwall. The route turned SE, criss-crossing the A9 before heading over the Moray Firth. The Moray Firth bridge is impressive but incredibly high and there was far less chatter than normal as we negotiated the relatively thin cycle path. NCN route 1 then wound into central Inverness and we headed for our Youth Hostel. Overall, another very impressive day, the wet weather gear passed its first real test well and we are looking forward to the challenge of heading up to Aviemore tomorrow.